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Knesset member warns of Arab Spring in West Bank

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Kadima Knesset member and former Shin Bet official Israel Hasson warns of Israel's humiliating approach to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and predicts that if negotiations blow up: "The Arab Spring will get to the West Bank.''
American-Israeli Ilan Grapel (C) poses for a photograph with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3rd R), Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho (2nd R), U.S ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro (R), Israeli Knesset member Yisrael Hasson (3rd L), U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman (L) and Grapel's mother (2nd L) in Jerusalem in this handout picture released October 27, 2011 by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). Egypt released the American-Israeli it held as an alleged spy and Israel freed 25 Egyptians

The reports on Friday morning, April 4, about attempts to resuscitate the negotiations that this week entered an inevitable crash trajectory, took Knesset member Israel Hasson back to the early morning of Nov. 5, 1995, eight hours after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Hasson, at the time head of the Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem regions' command of the Shin Bet, convened his staff for an assessment of the situation. Naturally, the atmosphere was influenced by the bruising blow suffered by the organization, which had failed to defend the prime minister, against the backdrop of the political upheaval that had already begun and would bring Benjamin Netanyahu to power within six months.

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